Entries by GIFT

Publishing Budget and Spending Open Data

    by Lorena Rivero del Paso (GIFT) and Oscar Montiel (Open Knowledge International) Increasingly, we see examples where lack of transparency and accountability from governments affects trust. Being able to follow public money flows is an important step to recover trust and aim towards more effective governance of public funds. Despite this, according to […]

Towards a schema for spending Open Data, Helpdesk included

        by Lorena Rivero del Paso (GIFT) and Oscar Montiel (Open Knowledge International) Having data for budgets and spending can allow us to track public money flows in our communities. It can give us insights into how governments plan and focus on programmes, public works, and services. So the Global Initiative for […]

Is it possible to follow the budget money in Slovenia with open data?

Follow Jorg K. Petrovic on Twitter Slovenia is making a good progress in opening its data. The only area that is left behind is the data about the budget. But recently things are starting to develop rapidly also at the Ministry of Finance. Two years ago, the citizens budget was introduced. And in early 2019, activities started […]

Short info about participatory budgeting in Slovenia

Follow Jorg K. Petrovic on Twitter On participatory budgeting, we have started small in Slovenia a few year ago, but we have come pretty far in less than 5 years. There is a substantial interest among local communities and the Parliament has helped with legislation promoting participation. The idea of participatory budgeting is not completely […]

#DataOnTheStreets International Rally

What is it? The Rally is a great opportunity to invite the public to use the data generated by governments, go out to the streets and see how data reflects in their real life. It is a public participation process in the budget implementation phase through open data and digital tools, such as maps and […]

Better Budget Dataquest for sustainable development

What is a “Dataquest”? It typically takes the form of a day event, it could be shorter or longer, in which people arrive, with laptops or access to laptops and the internet, and either individually or in teams explore the data. During the event they create insights by engaging with the dataset and combining it […]

GIFT Online Peer Learning – Webinar series

#WebinarWednesday In recent years, GIFT network members and partners have developed digital tools and technology that have allowed to significantly advance fiscal transparency, with a focus on making budget information meaningful and useful for citizens. To promote the sharing and discussion of such valuable experiences, GIFT is offering a program of monthly webinars around the […]

Transparency without participation: challenges for democracy in Brazil

by Carmela Zigoni, Political Advisor from Inesc   It was carried out, in Portugal, between October 17 and 18, 2018, the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency – GIFT annual meeting, which gathered representatives of governments and civil society organizations from 32 countries, in addition to representatives of the World Bank and academics. GIFT is an […]

Open Data Tutorial: Opening and promoting use of budget data

The Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, in collaboration with one of its Lead Stewards, the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico, invites publishers and consumers of budget data to participate in the tutorial “Open data: Opening and promoting use of budget data “. The tutorial concentrates tools that enable the data opening process […]

International Practices to Promote Budget Literacy

Sponsored by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation The World Bank Global Governance Practiced just published the study “International Practices to Promote Budget Literacy, Key Findings and Lessons learned”, by Harika Masud, Helene Pfeil, Sanjay Agarwal and Alfredo Gonzalez Briseño. I was invited to share some comments on the study at a seminar […]